While You Were Out: July 11, 2019

Thursday down, more or less, Friday to go. Hope your day went well, CivMix crew. Here are some headlines to peruse before you head home for the day, or maybe after you get home and settle in…

President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive action directing the Commerce Department to obtain citizenship data through means other than the US census, according to two people with knowledge of the plan.

This comes after the American Civil Liberties Union promised to immediately counter any census-related executive action by the president.

The House Judiciary Committee, led by New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, approved a dozen new subpoenas targeting a who’s who of witnesses cited in Robert Mueller’s report as Democrats sought to elevate their showdown with Trump over episodes of possible obstruction of justice documented by the special counsel.

Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady is hoping to start taking bets Tuesday on sporting events. But the scheduled 10 a.m. ribbon cutting and grand opening of the newly constructed 5,000-square-foot lounge is pending final approval from state regulators.

Eight former members of the state Senate’s defunct Independent Democratic Conference have paid $275,000 to settle allegations they took millions in unlawful campaign donations.

Seth Agata, the former executive director of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, has joined the Manhattan office of Chicago-based law firm Jenner & Block, where he will work in its litigation department.

After nearly a year of uncertainty and negotiations, state utility regulators have approved a $12 million settlement with Charter Communications that will allow the cable TV company to remain in New York.

State lawmakers this year overwhelmingly approved a measure that would require products labeled as “local,” “locally grown,” “locally sourced” and similar terms to either be produced in New York or originate within 100 miles of where the food is for sale. The measure still needs to be approved by the governor.

People lined up this morning at the Saratoga Race Course in anticipation of opening day.

…but the line outside the gate at Saratoga Race Course was shorter than it’s been in past years. And there wasn’t much of a race for those precious picnic tables, either.

“American Idol” contestant Madison VanDenburg will be performing at the track on Saturday. On Sunday, track goers will receive a picnic cooler. Free giveaways will continue throughout the summer.

Some restaurant/bar opening news in Saratoga Springs – just in time for track season.

Harry Chandler Jr., the inmate who went missing in Pittsfield, has been found.

With one lawyer bolting amid public backlash and another saying he and his client just couldn’t get along, a judge approved a request to recast Harvey Weinstein’s defense team yet again – this time a mere 60 days before the disgraced movie mogul is due to stand trial in New York on sexual assault charges.

A man is dead and State Police arrested a 17-year-old after they found the man with a gunshot wound this morning in Cobleskill.

The Three Stooges – one of the most successfully comedy acts in history – posthumously played an unlikely new role last year: As major donors to a campaign account controlled by Nick Langworthy, the new chairman of the state Republican Party.

The state Thruway Authority has revealed its selections for a panel that will help decide the cost of traveling on the Mario M. Cuomo bridge that spans the Hudson River.

A local performance of Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled.

Upstate Concert Hall says the band, lead by E Street band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, called off the appearance “due to a schedule conflict.” (Refunds are available at point of purchase).

The Schenectady County’s sheriff’s and emergency management offices will soon be joining law enforcement agencies around the country that are flying surveillance drones to use in emergency situations.

Jimmer Fredette of Glens Falls has signed with Greek team Panathinaikos.

A city of Schenectady worker with a violent criminal history has been terminated, causing some Council members to question hiring practices and how Jason L. Sellie obtained a job with the city’s Waste Collection & Recycling Department despite being a two-time convicted felon.

Sonic officials held a ribbon cutting this week at the Mount Hope Commons on Southern Boulevard in Albany – the burger chain’s third Capital Region location. They say the plan is to hire about 100 people to staff the new Sonic.

More praise for “In the Heights,” the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical playing at Albany’s Washington Park amphitheater until July 27.

Officers are searching for a convicted rapist and kidnapper who cut off his ankle monitor in Skaneateles.

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, a New Jersey senator, waded into a contentious football debate, declaring that New York only has one true team: The Buffalo Bills.

A Tennessee transplant explains why he ditched the south for upstate, and hasn’t regretted the decision.

Dog Haus will be giving away free Haus Dogs on Wednesday, July 17, for National Hot Dog Day.

Photo credit: Donna Dixon. In this shot, Pippa Jane Magee – AKA “Pupperina” – pays a visit to the AFD 11 on New Scotland Avenue.



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